South Burnett Regional Council Generic
South Burnett Regional Council Generic Michael Nolan

NEW JOBS: Council submits wishlist to state government

SOUTH Burnett Regional Council has sent 37 projects to the state government for approval as part of the $200 million Works for Queensland program.

Of the total $4.26 million that the state government has given up about $2.57 million will be spent on road repairs.

The also list includes about $84,000 to demolish the old Glendon Street Medical Centre building, about $350,000 for a second bitumen seal on the Rail Trail.

About $46,000 will be spent refurbishing the Wondai swimming pool complex and about $268,000 for upgrades to the tourist parks at Boondooma and Yallakool.

The state government wants the cash to be used on job-creating project.

Mayor Keith Campbell said council will have hire new employees and extra contractors.

Based on state government formulas we will generate approximately 34 positions, of which nine to ten will be new direct employees and the balance will be retaining some existing trainees plus a factor used for calculating employment from local contractors," Cr Campbell said.

Last month the government announced it would give the council $4.26 million to spend on projects that would help reduce unemployment.

One of the conditions attached to the grant is that the money needs to be spent by the end of November this year.

Additionally, the money can only be spent on maintenance work and not on building new infrastructure or roads.

The list of projects was submitted on Friday, February 10 and the council will know which jobs get the go-ahead by early next week.

"I would like to place on record our appreciation for this program to support local governments outside of south east Queensland to undertake job-creating maintenance and minor infrastructure projects," Cr Campbell said.

Our share of the program was based on population and unemployment data.

The project wish-list includes:

  • Resurfacing the lane way beside the town hall,
  • Pavement rehabilitation on the Silverleaf Rd and Crumpton Drv.
  • Shoulder resheeting on St Stanley, Runnymede and Ellesmere roads,
  • Gravel resheeting on Burri Burri and Ironpot roads.
  • New footpaths on Ivy St, Kingaroy, Fitzroy and Kings Streets in Nanango, Coulson St in Blackbutt and Scott St, Wondai.
  • Renovate the cabins are Yallakool and Boondooma tourist parks.
  • A second bitumen seal for the rail trail.
  • Replace parts of the yards and walkways at the Coolabunia sales yards.
  • Refurbish eight kitchenettes at Drayton Villa and build a new boundary fence
  • Demolish the Glendon Street Medical Centre building
  • Replace the decking and post at the old Kingaroy Council Chambers building.
  • Repair and paint the walls of the Maidenwell Hall.
  • Replace the awnings and paint the Brighthaven Units.
  • Paint subfloor columns, batten, front facade and sign at the Proston Hall.
  • Paint the roofs at the former Kingaroy bus terminal and the Kingaroy Town Common Hall,
  • Paint the Wondai Swimming Pool Kiosk and amenities along with parts of the Blackbutt council office and library
  • Replace the emulsion wash down area at the Nanango Depot.
  • Refurbish the exterior of the Proston Railway building.
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